For this week’s reading, I’ll be working with the Fin de Siècle Kipper Cards by Ciro Marchetti (while there’s now a mass-market edition of the deck by U. S. Games, I’m using my personally monogrammed copy of the first, self-published edition).
Taking the deck in hand, I’m shuffling the cards, asking what we might expect for the week ahead.
The video below reveals the cards in the reading:
If you prefer to read the post, here it is:
Just like I do when I read with Lenormand in this space, I’ll be working with a Line of 5 layout.
The cards I’ve pulled for the week are: Judication, Despair, Coffin, Child, and Thoughts.
Coffin can refer to things coming to an end, that something is being completed. I also read Coffin as closure and something being finalized or becoming final.
Another association I have for Coffin is limitation and restriction, and along that line, confinement, if you consider a coffin to be a space that’s limited, restricted, and confining. Coffin can also be a “box,” so it can imply a container or some form of storage.
Coffin can also be a “resting place,” so other associations are illness, sleep, and rest—and with that, a bed.
Looking at the Line
Looking at the cards immediately flanking Coffin, we have Despair and Child.
With Coffin following Despair, the pair could be read as “an adverse situation is coming to its end.”
Or, Despair + Coffin could talk about a possible adverse situation (Despair) leading to a state of limitation and restriction (Coffin).
When not about an actual child, the card can then indicate a beginning, something new, or the start of something. In this sense, Despair + Child could then suggest that despair is starting or beginning.
We have an interesting dichotomy with Child following Coffin. Coffin suggests an ending, and coming before Child, alludes to an ending that sets the stage for a beginning (Child). Coffin + Child could be read as “an ending that leads to a beginning.”
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this was in reference to Despair?
Moving to the outer cards, we have Judication and Thoughts.
Judication is a card that talks about reaching a decision. In the image on the card, we see a judge presiding over a case between two parties, and this reminds me of some points I shared in last week’s reading pertaining to a possible legal matter.
With that in mind, there may be some resolution (Coffin being about endings and something being finalized) to some sort of legality.
With Despair being between Judication and Coffin, the case may have been difficult as it moved toward its conclusion.
If we consider Judication to refer to making a decision generally speaking, the card can suggest an approach that might be like a judge, meaning to weigh the facts in “evidence,” to consider all possible perspectives, and, if other parties are involved, to reach a decision that’s in the best and highest good for all concerned.
Thoughts can also point toward our thoughts about a decision being made (Judication).
Thoughts, in its challenging sense, can represent over-thinking and over-analyzing a situation, so Judication + Thoughts could be read as a decision is being over-analyzed (in an effort to reach a decision), or that there’s preoccupation with a decision that’s been made (after the fact).
On the card is an artist, and this has become one of my personal meanings for this card, so there’s the possibility of needing to think (Thoughts) creatively (art/artist) with regard to a project (canvas on easel).
With Coffin centering on something coming to an end or being finalized, Thoughts could possibly suggest the completion of a creative project is being thought about. Coffin might further add that there may be a “deadline” that needs to be considered.
Hope you have a great week,
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